Ridgefield School District Seeks Candidates for Seat on School Board

Steven Radosevich, School Board Director representing District 3 in the Ridgefield School District, has announced his resignation from the board.  Radosevich has served on the school board for nearly ten years.  The district plans to honor Radosevich at a school board meeting next month.

Ridgefield School District now begins a search for highly qualified candidates to fill the vacant School Board Director position representing District 3.

Applications are available online at the district’s website by clicking here:  Application for Appointment – District 3.  Applications are also available at the Superintendent’s Office, Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center, 510 Pioneer Street in Ridgefield, Washington.  Applications must be received in the Superintendent’s Office by 4:00 pm on March 27, 2019.

A special meeting of the Ridgefield School Board will be scheduled for the purpose of interviewing candidates in an open public session.  Appointment of the new board member is anticipated to be April 9, 2019.

The Ridgefield School District Board of Directors consists of five members.  Each Director represents one of five geographic districts in which he or she resides.

 

District 3 boundaries are as follows:

Director District 3 Starting at the intersection of 71st Ave and 304th St.

East on 304th St to 51st Ave.

South on 51th Ave to 289th St.

East on 289th St to 31st Ave.

South on 31st Ave to 10th St.

East on 10th St to I-5

South on I-5 to northbound freeway off-ramp for 219th St.

North and East on 219th St to school district boundary

Counterclockwise following school district boundary to northern crossing of Union Pacific RR. South on Union Pacific RR to Lancaster Rd.

Southeast on Lancaster Rd to 71st Ave.

South on 71st Ave to the point of the beginning

 

The district reserves the right to extend the application deadline if necessary to obtain a sufficient number of applications.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the Ridgefield School District.  Directors must be a U.S. citizen and resident of the state of Washington; be a resident and qualified voter in the school district; and reside in the director district which he or she represents.

Ridgefield School District Receives Clean Audit Report

On March 14, 2019, the Office of the Washington State Auditor released its Financial Statements Audit Report and Federal Single Audit Report (for Special Education) for the Ridgefield School District for the period September 1, 2017 through August 31, 2018.

The 2017-18 school year marked significant changes for the district.  It experienced record-breaking student enrollment and continues to deal with rapid growth.  Additionally, the district took over management of the Special Education Program from Educational Service District 112 who managed the program in prior years.

The audit reports that the district continues to produce accurate and reliable financial information for the public and notes no concerns with compliance or internal controls over Special Education program management.

“We work diligently to ensure the information we disseminate to our public is accurate. We are also grateful for the continued support from our citizens and public in providing the District with the resources it needs to continue to offer unlimited possibilities for our students and families,” said Paula McCoy, the district’s Executive Director of Business Services.

To view the complete 2017-18 Financial Audit Report, visit the Finance Page of the district’s website at https://www.ridgefieldsd.org/o/district/page/finance–5.

CAPS Survey Welcomes Community Input for New Coffee Shop at RACC

 

Business and Marketing students in the CAPS Program at Ridgefield High School are working to set up a coffee shop inside the new Ridgefield Administrative & Civic Center (RACC).  To best serve customer needs, they have created a short survey to gather feedback from the local community.  We invite you to take a few minutes to participate.  The survey will be available through March 25th.  Thanks for your support!

To take the survey, please click on the following link:  https://goo.gl/forms/UM8Ct2hegn4Fii2d2

Innovation Ridge Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) at Ridgefield High School is a nationally recognized, innovative high school program.  Working together with business and community partners, it produces personalized learning experiences that prepare students for careers in high skill, high demand jobs.  Strands of study include Engineering; Health Services; and Business, Marketing and Entrepreneurship.

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“Ridgefield Arts Experience” Teaches Kids About Theater Production

Watch a children’s book come to life in a play that is entirely produced by Ridgefield students.  In “Ridgefield Arts Experience”, students in Grades 3-8 learn everything that goes into a musical production.  Not only will they be performing in the play, but they will also learn to create the scenery, costumes and music soundtracks.

The play is based on the children’s book, The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith.  Students will perform the play at 7:00 pm at the end of class.

The class is on Thursday, March 21, 4:00-7:30 pm in the Union Ridge Commons.  A light dinner will be provided.  The class is co-sponsored by the Ridgefield School District, FVRL/Ridgefield Library and Opus School of Music.  Register today at https://ridge.revtrak.net.

Special thanks to our sponsors The Modern Orthodontist www.themodernorthodontist.com and Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation www.ridgefieldpsf.org for their support of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

 

Honk! Jr. Performances Set for March 22 and 23

The Ridgefield Community Education Theater Program proudly presents Honk! Jr.   Come and be entertained by our talented 5-8 students as they bring their rendition of this delightful play to Ridgefield!

This theater production is a musical adaptation of the Hans Christian Andersen story The Ugly Duckling.  It is the story of Ugly, an awkward duck whose gawky looks incite intolerance from his family and neighbors.  Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry cat, Ugly must find his way home.  Along his rollicking and harrowing journey, he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Performances are Friday, March 22 at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 23 at 2:00 pm and 6:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.  Tickets can be purchased online March 15-20 on https://ridge.revtrak.net or at the door.

Ridgefield School District Honors March Employee and Students of the Month

On March 12, Ridgefield School District officials recognized the March Employee and Students of the Month at the regular Board of Directors meeting.

The Employee of the Month is Susan Hayley-Gates, STEM paraprofessional at View Ridge Middle School.  Susan’s steadfast support of View Ridge students, particularly this fall with a teacher on maternity leave, continues to make this innovative program accessible for all students. Her hard work, expertise, and flexibility kept the students on track while the class transitioned through two substitute teachers in the process.  Susan truly stepped up to the plate when we needed her most, essentially playing the role of teacher out of necessity.  Her calm, empathetic approach meets kids where they are at and spurs significant growth in their skills. She has taken the time and put in the work to learn the STEM curriculum to a depth not always achieved by someone in her role.

Susan Hayley-Gates

The STEM department is fortunate to have someone as selfless as Susan, who will take on the extra responsibilities that she recognizes is needed.  The STEM staff is grateful for her help every day.  For all this and so much more that she does every day, she is very deserving of the honor of March Employee of the Month.

 

Students of the Month

America Lozano Perez, a second grader, is March’s Student of the Month at South Ridge Elementary School.  The South Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of America.  They write, “America knows that she can keep trying even when things get hard.  Her true joy of learning is evident every day.  She puts in great effort and gets great results in her school work.  She is kind to her peers beyond expectations.  Her smile is a signature move that she uses over and over to greet peers and staff alike.”

America Lozano Perez

Jake Sorensen, a first grader, was selected at Union Ridge Elementary School.  The Union Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Jake.  Jake was new to Union Ridge at the beginning of the year.  It did not take long for his classmates to realize that this was a peer to get to know.  What draws people to Jake first is his kindness.  His picture should be in the dictionary.  He includes all students, both boys and girls.  He is a good friend to all.  His demeanor is very calming and peaceful with a quietness about him that soothes all who are around him, including his teacher!  In the classroom, his academics are excellent.  He is a student who gets right on a task and stays focused until he completes it, no matter what else is going on around him.  He works hard and is very conscientious about his work.

Jake Sorensen

Lily Taylor, a fifth grader, is March’s Student of the Month at Sunset Ridge Intermediate School.  The Sunset Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Lily.  They write, “We are always impressed by Lily’s work ethic and integrity.  She is an advocate for herself and her peers.  She demonstrates empathy and compassion that is not easily matched.  While her progress can also be measured in academic growth, it is her self-confidence that has truly been highlighted this year.  She is a humble and gracious learner who extends her kindness far and wide.  What a wonderful ambassador for our Coyotes!  Lily doesn’t let anything get in her way.  She is a brave young lady who does not let struggles get her down.  She is gentle and kind to everyone.”

Lily Taylor

Hyrum Bennett, a seventh grader, was chosen at View Ridge Middle School.  The View Ridge teachers and staff are very proud of Hyrum.  They write, “Hyrum is an exemplary student who leads quietly by example and makes everyone around him better.  No matter if he is working with a partner or a group, he always strives to do his best while encouraging and showing his classmates how to do their best.  Hyrum has an infectious positive and hard-working attitude that has earned him respect from the staff and his peers alike.  He is one of strong character and integrity.  With his excellent work ethic, Hyrum has a bright future ahead of him.”

Hyrum Bennett

Brock Harrison, a senior, was chosen from Ridgefield High School.  Brock is described as a quiet leader who always does the right thing and is an all-around great Spudder.  He is an exceptional student athlete who has competed for four years in both football and baseball for the Spudders.  On February 20th, Brock signed his college letter of intent to play collegiate football for the Eastern Eagles.  One described Brock as “an excellent student, an excellent athlete and a kind person.”  Although Brock has received several awards, scholarships and recognitions, you’d never know it by his humble attitude.  Brock takes advanced classes at RHS and hopes to study marketing or business at Eastern.  We are proud of the many outstanding students who attend Ridgefield High School and proud of Brock for being chosen to represent the school as March Student of the Month.

Brock Harrison

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its sponsors, James Schmeling of Allstate Insurance Company, whose local office is providing funding to support the district’s recognition program during this school year, and the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation.

Ridgefield School District Art Show Set for March 26th

Ridgefield Youth Arts Month presents the annual Ridgefield School District Art Show.  Be inspired by the amazing creativity of our K-12 students!  Tuesday, March 26th, 5:00-7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.

 

Police Activities League Visits South Ridge Elementary

Second grade students streamed into the cafeteria.  Their eyes widened at the sight of men and women in uniform.  “Ooo!!  Police!!” one whispered in awe.  The Clark County Sheriff’s Department and Ridgefield Police Department were there as part of the Police Activities League (PAL), an initiative to connect “kids, cops, and communities.”

Deputies from the sheriff’s department gave a presentation on safety.  One deputy explained the gear he carried each day:  badge, pistol and magazines, taser, radio, cell phone, ink pens, handcuffs, and glasses.  One student raised his hand.  “Can you show us your handcuffs?”  The deputy held up the handcuffs, explaining that you could even get handcuffs in different colors.  “Whoa!” the student said.  The deputy also reminded kids about gun safety.  “You guys are too young to handle a gun safely by yourself.  So if you see a gun, don’t touch it.  Promise me?”  Heads nodded. 

Other deputies covered stranger danger, 911, car safety, and bike safety.  Talking about water safety, one deputy asked, “In the summer, when you’re getting ready to go out on a boat or on the water, what’s the one thing you should put on?”  “A swimsuit!” one student answered.  Everyone chuckled as the deputy explained, “A life jacket!  I meant a life jacket.”

Chief John Brooks of the Ridgefield Police Department reminded students that the officers are all on their side; that they are there to help kids and communities.  Commander Phil Sample of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department read a Dr. Seuss book and handed out free books to the students.  Outside the cafeteria, students lined up to tour sheriffs department vehicles, including cruisers and even a boat.

As the kids left the presentation, they high-fived Chief Brooks.  When he got a strong slap, he shook his hand a little and said, “Ow!  Stinger!” The kids smiled and laughed, happy to be getting to know local officers a little bit better.

Officers from the PAL program will visit classrooms a few more times this year to interact with students.  For more information on the PAL program, go to www.vancouverpal.org.

 

Ridgefield High School Students Attend 25th Anniversary Screening of Schindler’s List

When Schindler’s List celebrated its 25th anniversary, Steven Spielberg used the event to introduce a new generation of young people to the film’s important message.  In conjunction with the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, Spielberg offered free educational screenings of the film for high school students and teachers across the country.  Some classes from Ridgefield High School were selected to participate.

In an interview, Spielberg said, “It is difficult to believe that it’s been 25 years since Schindler’s List first arrived in theaters.  The true stories of the magnitude and tragedy of the Holocaust are ones that must never be forgotten, and the film’s lessons about the critical importance of countering hatred continue to reverberate today.”

Spielberg hosted a webinar for teachers prior to the screening to prepare them to teach the movie and to give his perspective on the movie’s re-release.  He shared stories about the production of the film and the relevance of the film’s story to present day.  Spielberg asked that students always maintain awareness of history, because it demonstrates what standing up against injustice versus not standing up against injustice can do.  He hoped that students would be the ones to lead positive change into the future.

The movie re-release came at the same time teachers Brittany Rodin and Jamie Heim were starting a unit on the Holocaust.  Night, Elie Wiesel’s firsthand account of his experience in a Holocaust concentration camp with his father, is part of the junior curriculum and is required reading for students.  Adding the screening of Schindler’s List to the unit, as well as artifacts, photos, and books from the Holocaust Center for Humanity, served as a foundation to teach students about the events of the Holocaust.

With parental permission, the students attended a screening in Portland, where the entire movie theater was closed to accommodate the large number of showings.  When the students returned to the school, they discussed the film, processing its message.  “The movie viewing was a powerful experience for our students,” Heim said.  “Most of the students agreed that viewing Schindler’s List helped them to better understand the atrocities that took place during the Holocaust.”

Student Kena Anselmo said, “I believe viewing this film should be part of the junior curriculum.  Watching this movie opened my eyes about racism and bullying; these small things can lead to something as big as a genocide.  Learning about what happened to Schindler and the Jews he saved was beneficial, because it taught me that one kind soul can change thousands of lives.”

Additional learning opportunities and more information about the USC Shoah Foundation and its partnership with Schindler’s List are available at https://sfi.usc.edu/schindlerslist.

Art Teacher Demonstrates Use of Technology in Ridgefield Art Classes

Alan Adams, art teacher at the newly built Sunset Ridge Intermediate School, gave an in-class demonstration of the use of new iPads and digital art programs to Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation (RPSF) board members and Columbia Credit Union’s (CCU) Chief Marketing Officer, Colleen Boccia on Tuesday, February 26th.

According to a press release from the RPSF, the new iPads and art programs were purchased by Mr. Adams through the RPSF Innovation Grant. The grant was initially launched in 2018 and allocated three, $5000 grants to teachers in the Ridgefield School District. The RPSF grant selection committee looked for applicants that would incorporate new, creative, and original or out-of-the box programs in their classrooms.  The recipients included Mr. Adams: 21st Century Art, RHS Science Teachers: Science Tech Equipment, and Jeff Brink: Spud Bot Academy.

During a tour on Tuesday, Mr. Adams showed board members and visitors how he uses iPad technology to integrate traditional fine arts and techniques with new and innovative approaches used in industry today. Students are able to build digital portfolios, and take advantage of digital art curriculum such as animation, film making, coding-based art, and digital painting.

Colleen Boccia from Columbia Credit Union and Ridgefield art teacher Alan Adams.

 

Fifth graders, Matthias Sorenson (left) and Jude Davis demonstrate the use of new iPad technology for Colleen Boccia.

It is through the partnership between the RPSF and CCU, that funding for innovated learning like this is possible. Columbia Credit Union’s senior vice president chief marketing officer, Colleen Boccia, who toured the art classes on Tuesday said “iPads are making art not only recreational, but are allowing students to envision art as a relevant, important part of their everyday lives.” Boccia, a long-time Ridgefield resident, added, “I am so excited to see this monumental shift made possible through the RPSF Innovation Grant!”

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation recently released the application for the 2019 Innovation Grant sponsored by Columbia Credit Union. Grants up to $5000 will be available to any certified, classified or high school students employed or enrolled in RSD. Applications are due April 8, 2019. A full list of eligibility requirements and instructions can be found at www.ridgefieldpsf.org.

The Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation is a privately funded, non-profit organization, established in 2009. Our mission is to advance programs and activities that support whole student development for which public resources are insufficient or unavailable.

About Columbia Credit Union:  Established in 1952, Columbia Credit Union serves 94,500 members with local consumer, business, mortgage, investment, and insurance services. Columbia Credit Union has $1.3 billion in assets. It was voted Best of Clark County for the last 10 years by readers of The Columbian, was selected Best in Business for the last five years by readers of the Vancouver Business Journal, and received a 2017 Award for Workplace Excellence from Peter Barron Stark Companies. Columbia Credit Union is recognized for superior financial stability and performance as one of the Top 200 Healthiest Credit Unions in America by Deposit-Accounts.com, ranking #1 in the Portland-metro area and #33 in the U.S. Columbia Credit Union also holds Bauer Financial’s “5 Star” and Weiss’ “Recommended” ratings. As a certified Clark County Green Business, Columbia Credit Union upholds sustainable business practices, including construction under U.S. Green Building Council LEED standards.

Free MMR Vaccinations Offered at March Clinics

We are pleased to share the following information published in The Columbian on February 26, 2019:

Legacy Health and Clark County Public Health will offer free measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations to adults and children, regardless of insurance status.

The vaccination clinics will take place from 1:00 – 7:00 pm on March 1, 8, 15, and 22 at Legacy Medical Group-Family Wellness, 1000 Tech Center Drive, Suite 120 in Vancouver.

According to a Legacy press release, vaccines will be administered at no cost to:

  • Children who are one year and older who have not had their first measles vaccine
  • Children who are four years and older who have not had their second measles vaccine
  • Adults who are under the age of 63 who are unsure if they had the measles and have not had at least one measles vaccine

Some people should not get the MMR vaccine and should consult their provider if the following situations apply to them:

  • Certain conditions, medications, or treatments that may reduce your immune system
  • Pregnant women and those trying to become pregnant in the next two months

For vaccination clinic questions, contact Legacy Health at 503-413-3083 or employeehealth@lhs.org.

Fun Adds Up at Math and Literacy Night

The smell of freshly popped popcorn filled the hall.  Excited kids ran to the front table stacked with brightly colored books and candy.  The fun at Union Ridge Elementary’s Math and Literacy Night was underway.

Students received a checklist of classrooms and activities.  Each classroom had different math and literacy activities.  Teachers initialed the checklist for a completed activity.  When the checklist was completed, the student earned a book and a candy treat.

With a range of age-appropriate activities for every classroom, there were plenty of new things to do.  Fourth grade teacher, Rockwell Fransen, projected a picture of a glass jar filled with colored ornaments and asked the kids to count what they could see, then guess how many were in the jar.  “Eleven!”  “Seventeen!”  “Twenty-one!”  After he revealed the answer, he showed another picture—same jar, but more ornaments.  The students counted what they could see, then estimated based on what they learned from the previous answer.  “Twenty-four!” “Twenty-seven!”  “Twenty-one!”  “Cool, I was right this time!”  Each new picture led to a frenzy of guesses and calculations.

In other classes, students solved puzzles with geometric shapes and rolled dice to create math problems.  They wrote acrostic poetry, choosing a word for each letter in SPRING, WINTER, or SEASON.  There were paper bag puppets with the Pigeon character from Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus.   And parents crouched down at tiny tables to help color bookmarks with markers and crayons.

Union Ridge kindergartner, Wesley Norman, worked a geometry puzzle.

Students munched on popcorn as they walked from room to room, collecting the activities for their checklists.  When they were done, they stood around the front table, looking at all the choices for books.  “I read this one already.  You’d like it; it’s really good.”  “This one looks so cool!”  “I get to keep this?  Awesome!”

Math and Literacy night was a great family activity with lots of fun for everyone.  Keep an eye on school calendars for future Math and Literacy Nights.

Students picked out books after completing their checklists. Left to right: Lorelai Henry, Penny Henrichs, and Kimberly Schlemeier and family.

 

Ridgefield Celebrates Youth Arts Month

Ridgefield School District is celebrating Youth Arts Month in a big way this year, joining with local businesses, organizations, the city of Ridgefield and local artists to offer an abundance of opportunities for children and the Ridgefield community to discover their creative side through art and music throughout the entire month of March.

The school district established Ridgefield Youth Arts Month to support the district’s commitment to deliver personalized learning experiences for each student through appreciation of the arts as well as to increase support of the arts throughout the community.

To celebrate Youth Arts Month, Ridgefield Community Education is offering a phenomenal array of classes for the community and for kids of all ages.  Many classes are free!  View the schedule of activities by clicking here.

All classes require online registration and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  If you find a class full, sign up for the wait-list.  With enough interest, a second class may be added!

A variety of classes in arts and crafts or music and dance are offered this year.  Students can take part in the Missoula Children’s Theater production of “Peter & Wendy”, sign up for Jam Band, Hip Hop Workshop or Line Dancing.  Learn art in its many forms:  watercolor, block carving & printing, acrylic painting, and sculpting.  Or take in the District Art Show and the many musical concert performances scheduled throughout the month showcasing the talents of our amazing students.

This year, Ridgefield School District and the Ridgefield Lions Club are pleased to present a special performance by three award-winning blind musicians, Mac Potts, Nick Baker and Brent Gjerve in an amazing piano concert, “3 Grands Concert & Benefit” on Friday, March 15th at 7:00 pm at the Ridgefield High School Performing Arts Center.  Enjoy a unique, awe-inspiring performance by these talented musicians.  Proceeds benefit Ridgefield High School’s scholarship program and Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.  Tickets are available online at https://ridge.revtrak.net under Events.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its title sponsor, The Modern Orthodontist (www.themodernorthodontist.com) and sponsorship from the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation for their support of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

For more information, contact Ridgefield Community Education at 360-619-1303 or via email at terri.cochran@ridgefieldsd.org.

First Saturday Events Kick Off Ridgefield Youth Arts Month

Ridgefield will be buzzing on First Saturday, March 2nd as performers and artists converge in downtown Ridgefield to participate in “Art Alive”, a performing arts showcase sure to entertain as it kicks off the exciting start to Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.

It all begins at 11:00 am, when the Ridgefield Community Center opens its doors welcoming all to the Arts Quarter Block Party.  The “Express Yourself Art Bar” will offer creative art activities for kids of all ages.  There will be a variety of community-sponsored, hands-on art projects sure to engage.  Visit the Art Fair and browse the wares of local vendors.  Enjoy theatrical scenes and sketches by The Fusion Theater Collective and inspiring musical performances by Musical Expressions and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics.  Watch performers from Dance Fusion Northwest as they debut the show they plan to present in Disneyland in April.  Featured will be dance pieces in hip hop, contemporary, tap and jazz.

First Saturday will be engaging, fun, entertaining, and full of creativity as Ridgefield begins a month-long celebration in support of local youth art programs.  For a schedule of activities offered during Ridgefield Youth Arts Month, click here.

Ridgefield School District is grateful to its title sponsor, The Modern Orthodontist (www.themodernorthodontist.com) and sponsorship from the Ridgefield Public Schools Foundation for their support of Ridgefield Youth Arts Month.